Meadows case goes to the supreme court

The attorney for Vadarian Meadows, of Junction City, who was convicted in the 2009 murder of Clarence Ritchey, argued before the Arkansas Supreme Court yesterday that the language used to render a life in prison without parole sentence was confusing.

According to the Associated Press, Meadows could have received life in prison with a chance for parole if jurors were given more specific instructions as to the language of the law.

Annie Depper, on Meadows’ behalf, said the legalese used for first-degree murder and capital murder is the same and that jurors could have opted to convict the defendant on the lesser charge which would have put parole on the table.

The justices have yet to make a ruling.

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